Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Arie Lipsky's Commencement Address
This past weekend, Ashland's graduating class got to hear that rarest of things - a really great Commencement address. It was given by Arie Lipsky. The son of a Holocaust survivor, a former aerospace engineer, and a former Israeli Tank commander, Mr. Lipsky's passion has always been music, and he is now the maestro of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra (as well as of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra). His speech, which was woven around several verses of "Amazing Grace", recounted the story of his father's survival in the concentration camps and of his own path to music and America. In reminding us of the evil that men can do, he also revealed the amazing great hope that America at its best still represents. You can read an account of the speech here, but I haven't been able to find the full text anywhere.